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  • Mammoth Lakes has become a hotbed for developing world class long-distance runners. Home to The Mammoth Track Club, coached by Andrew Kastor. Previous home to Team USA, coached by Terrence Mahon. The following runners call (or have called) Mammoth Lakes, CA their home:
2004 Athens Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon

 

2005 Winner – Chicago Marathon

2006 Winner – London Marathon

(Dennis was actually co-MVP of the track team with Deena at Agoura High School!)

Ryan Hall

2007 – Winner of Houston Half Marathon and new American record

2007 – 7th place at London Marathon – fastest debut ever by an American-born citizen.

2007 – Winner of the Olympic Trails in NY and new American record

Meb Keflezighi

2004 Athens Olympic Silver Medalist – Marathon

10,000 meter American record-holder

2nd place – NY Marathon & 3rd Place – Boston Marathon

Morgan Uceny World ranked 1500 meter runner from Cornell.

Sara Hall: 4-time California State Cross-Country, US Road 5k Champion & wife of Ryan Hall

Josh Cox: American record holder in the 50km.

Jennifer Rhines: 2009 USA Outdoors 5,000m runner-up; 2008 Olympic Trials 5,000m runner-up; 2007 USA Outdoor 5,000m runner-up; 3rd at 2005 USA Outdoor Championships 10,000m; 2008 and 2004 Olympian; 3rd in the marathon at the 2004 Olympic Trials; 2002 USA 10,000m champion; 2002 World Cross Country 8 km Championships Team silver medalist; 2000 Olympic Trials and 2001 USA Championships 10km runner-up; 3-time NCAA 5km Outdoor champion (94-96); 1995 NCAA Indoor 5km champ; 1994 NCAA XC champion. Husband of coach Terrence

Amy Hastings: High school state cross country and track champion in Kansas. She was the 2003 USA Junior 5000-meter champion. At Arizona State, she won the 5000 at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships. She’d been a 2004 Pac-10 steeplechase titlist as a freshman and won the 10,000 at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. Hastings was 14th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 5000 and the 10,000. Hastings is coached by Terrence Mahon.

Olancha


 

Located 23 miles south of Lone Pine and 45 miles north of Ridgecrest, Olancha sits at the southern end of Owens Lake at an altitude of about 4,000 feet. Population ~200.
Zip Code: 93549. Olancha sits along Highway 395 – you know, the town with the “Your Speed Is: __” posts to slow you down for a few miles. Thousands of cars travel between Southern California and Mammoth each winter weekend for some of the country’s best skiing and all summer for mountain biking/hiking/fishing/phtographing/art & crafts festivals/music festivals/motor biking/etc.

Olancha has some of the least expensive land between Tahoe and Tijuana. Dotted with Joshua Trees and high desert landscape, Olancha has appeal to those looking for an Eastern Sierra getaway with easy access to great fishing, hiking, 4×4’ing, and more. Olancha also acts as a gateway to Death Valley, the largest national park in the country outside of Alaska.

HISTORY:

Olancha was inhabited by Indians living among the verdant meadows on the southwest shore of Owens Lake before 1863. That year, Minnard Farley constructed his mill on Olancha Creek. Farley came east of the Sierra Nevada Range in 1860 in search of the legendary “Lost Gunsight Lode”, popularized a decade earlier when an emigrant crossing Death Valley lost his gunsite and replaced it with some local soft metal he found, which later proved to be rich silver, found in the nearby Coso Range.

By December 1863, Farley had built an eight stamp mill with five amalgamating pans, a sawmill and a blacksmith shop. Indian uprisings later in the decade culminated with the burning of Farley’s mill in 1867. By then, nearby Cerro Gordo began glowing brightly in the nearby Inyo Range, attracting stages to run north from Los Angeles, then a small burg 175 miles south. Olancha became a stage stop.

Two steamships were constructed to carry payloads of Cerro Gordo silver bullion across Owens Lake, which tied up at Cartago Landing, a couple of miles north of Olancha. Soon Olancha was bustling with traffic inbound and outbound from Cerro Gordo. A post office was opened at Olancha September 23, 1870 and has remained open ever since.

After mining died down, Olancha remained as an agricultural center. Many ranches raised livestock and produce, watered by abundant streams and springs. Ranchers have for more than a century driven cattle and sheep into the Sierra Nevada Range and nearby Monache Meadows for summer range for their cattle, and large cattle drives still are the norm today.

In 1910, the Southern Pacific Railroad reached Olancha with their Owens Valley Branch (the “Jawbone”, which is now undergoing salvage), built to provide construction materials for the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a 250 mile long aqueduct to feed pure Sierra snowmelt to the growing city, and is still in use today. Olancha continues to hold a stable population of around 200 citizens. A couple of restaraunts serve hungry tourists traveling along US 395, along with a couple of gas stations.

A large water bottling plant is located a mile north, serving the popular Crystal Geyser brand bottled water. Anheiser-Busch Brewing Company also owns property and pumps pure well water for use by their bottling plant in Los Angeles.

Nearby attractions include: Olancha Sand Dunes, the Sierra Nevada streams and backcountry meadows, Dirty Sock Hot Spring, Cerro Gordo ghost town, Fossil Falls, and a gateway to Death Valley. Today, decaying and abandoned old buildings are sagging and crumbling among occupied and cared for-homes. Submitted by: David A. Wright

Bishop

Bishop For All Seasons. So the sign says as you come down from Mammoth Lakes, CA and drop from 8,000 ft to 4,000 feet in elevation. The snow on your car start melting more quickly and the trees are in bloom earlier. Snow capped mountains surround you and herds of cows and horses dot the landscape. Yes, the weather can get gruesomely hot in the summer, but that’s what “floatin’ the Owens” river is for. And the mist sprayers on the deck of Whiskey Creek are for.

The best part of Bishop? Gotta be the dozens of tributaries of Bishop creek that trickle through most yards and collect in many fish ponds and float under mini bridges that brings life to this otherwise arid terrain.

June Lake


 

Often called a bedroom community of Mammoth Lakes, June Lake is a stunning little village about 25 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, California and just over 2 hours south of Reno, Nevada. With a number of beautiful lakes as its backdrop (June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, Grant Lake), it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with the June Lake area and choose to make it their home or second home.

As far as recreation goes, June has quite a bit to offer. June Mountain Ski Area is officially open for the season and tends to be a favorite for those looking to avoid the crowds so often associated with Mammoth during peak times. It also has a reputation for offering some incredible powder when Mammoth’s powder may be quickly skied out. As mentioned earlier, the setting and views in June are almost unbeatable. Many families have found June Mountain to be their favorite, especially if they’re not looking for the expanse of expert terrain that Mammoth is so famous for.

If you don’t consider yourself a skier or boarder, then you’ll be happy to know that June Lake offers even more to winter enthusiasts. Whether you like the power and adrenaline associated with the unlimited snowmobile terrain or the quiet and peaceful art of cross country skiing, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone.

Recreating doesn’t stop when the snow stops falling, however. In fact, Spring, Summer and Fall offer an even wider range of activities. Fishing draws quite a few visitors to the area. Whether it’s lounging on your pontoon boat as you troll for fish, or actively trying to seek them out with your best fly fishing technique, June has an endless supply of fishing options. If you’re not a big fishing person, then you may want to try canooing, kayacking or just lounging in the sun on one of June Lake’s beautiful beaches.

The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Just like Mammoth, June Lake offers a wide array of activities. Many choose to spend their day taking in a scenic horseback ride. June is also the portal to a number of backcountry hikes that can be enjoyed on foot or horseback…whatever sounds good to you! Or you may prefer to take a nice mountain bike ride. Road bike riding through the June Lake Loop is a treat.

You’ll find plenty of camping opportunities as well in this beautiful Eastern Sierra enclave. Whether you like to go “au natural” and take off into the backcountry for a few days, or if hooking up the RV is more your style, there’s something for everyone with incredible views for all!

If you’re a watersports person, then you’ll have to check out Grant Lake, near the end of the June Lake Loop. The water here is crystal clear and serves as the spring, summer and fall playground for locals and tourists alike. Whether you prefering jetskiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding or, again, just lounging in the sun, Grant Lake can be a wonderful place to spend the day.

June is also just minutes from Mono Lake as well as the entrance to Yosemite National Park (Tioga Pass). Again, endless options on activities…the hardest part is finding the time to do everything!

If you happen to be in the Eastern Sierra when the Fall colors are “peaking” then a tour through the June Lake Loop is a MUST. Just be careful when you’re driving because you’ll be so distracted by the beauty you’ll forget that you’re sharing the road with others.

June Lake Village is definitely a place you’d like to visit if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. Many enjoy the solitude of June, knowing that if they have the desire to get a little crazy, Mammoth is just 25 minutes away. Again, if you’re looking for a true mountain village, you may find that June Lake fits the bill.

Crowley Lake


 

Crowley Lake

Just 10 minutes south of Mammoth is the cozy community of Crowley Lake. Crowley has recently seen a significant “boom” in housing, with many of Mammoth’s local families migrating down the road a ways. Although many of Crowley’s residents are young families, second home owners have begun to discover the beauty of residing just outside of Mammoth. If you’re looking to be away from the hub bub but still close enough to enjoy it all, Crowley may just be for you.

Crowley offers many year round activities including incredible fishing at Lake Crowley and in many of the surrounding areas (McGee Creek, Owens River, Rock Creek, just to name a few). Many of the locals will also enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding and simply just relaxing out on the lake during our beautiful summer season. If you enjoy the motor sports then you’ll be sure to find plenty of ATV riding and motorcycle riding as well.

Two of the busiest days on Crowley Lake are the fishing opener and July 4th. Cars line up a week in advance to get into Crowley for the fishing opener! July 4th always promises plenty of fun for everyone with watersports, live entertainmaint and the incredible fireworks show that you don’t want to miss!

Mammoth Lakes


 

Mammoth Lakes, California, is truly a high mountain oasis in the midst of the California’s high desert. When you arrive in Mammoth you feel as though you have truly arrived in Paradise. Between the majestic views everywhere you look, the smell of pine in the air and one of the bluest skies you have ever seen, it is impossible to visit this amazing area without falling in love.

Mammoth is most well known as being the location of one of the nation’s top ski resorts, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Mammoth was put on the map by an amazing visionary named Dave McCoy, who began bringing skiers to the Eastern Sierra back in the late 1940’s. He made Mammoth Mountain what it is today, a world class ski resort. Dave and his wife, Roma, still live in the area and are in their 90’s still recreating!

Set in the mountains of the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth is just five hours north of Los Angeles, three hours south of Reno, Nevada, and about two hours to Yosemite Valley.

Visitors can arrive by driving along scenic Highway 395 or by flying in to the Mammoth / Yosemite Airport (code = MMH).

If you are looking to recreate, Mammoth is definitely the place! We often say that about the only major activity that you cannot do in Mammoth is surf. Although between riding powder on a beautiful winter’s day and wake surfing on Lake Crowley under 85 degree skies, many have tried. The list of activities to do is a long one. Skiing and snowboarding logically sit at the top of the list, but some of the many other activities include:

Winter: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, sledding, hiking, ice skating, back-country skiing, kite boarding, and more (with Bishop, California just 40 miles away and about 4,000 feet lower in elevation, you can golf, run, bike ride, climb and hike almost year round). The ski area hosts many competitions throughout the winter including ski races, half-pipe competitions, skier-cross and boardercross events, rail jams, and even a winter biathlon.

Summer: Golf (Mammoth currently has two golf courses: Sierra Star Golf Course and Snowcreek Golf Course), mountain biking, hiking, fishing, climbing, running (incl traing running), biking, roller blading, skateboarding, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, and the list goes on!

In addition to the recreation, there is also culture. Mammoth plays host to many performances and festivals. Music festivals include: Jazz Festival, Bluesapalooza, Sierra Summer Festival (featuring the Eastern Sierra Symphony Orchestra), SkyFest. Art festivals are also a common weekend sight with local and traveling artists setting up booths in the forest along Minaret just down from Whiskey Creek restaurant.

In addition, keep you eyes open for the state’s highest rib cookoff, geocaching events, rock concerts at the Village and dozens of backpackers stopping for supplies as they traverse along the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).

Mammoth is most famous for its incredible winters, ski conditions, snowfall amounts and spectacular year round weather. Mammoth receives an AVERAGE of over 300 inches (that’s 25 feet) of snow per season, with the biggest season boasting over 55 feet of snow just a couple of years ago. In addition to these epic snowfall amounts, Mammoth is also known for having about 300 days of sunshine every year. All this combined with the fact that The Town of Mammoth is a small area of about four square miles surrounded by a sea of public lands (US Forest Service lands, Bureau of Land Management lands, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lands).

Although Mammoth is definitely most well known for its wintertime activities and recreation, we actually have more visitors passing through in the summertime. It seems like more and more, people from the city are beginning to appreciate how nice it is to get out of the crime and congestion and get away to Mammoth where the air is clean, the sky is the bluest they have ever seen and the commute across town is a maximum of about 2 miles! Summers here are spectacular with average temps around 75-80 degrees.

Mammoth summers have also become a draw for some elite Olympic runners who call Mammoth home and take advantage of the high altitude living and training.

Mammoth has seen many changes over the years. In the late 1990’s, a company named Intrawest bought into Mammoth Mountain as well as acquired a number of properties throughout town. We have a true mountain village with Gondola access right into town. We also have more user friendly sidewalks in many parts of town. Development of any kind comes with its pros and its cons. Mammoth is no different. The vision for Mammoth is to create a resort town that is economically able to survive, even through the hard times when Mother Nature doesn’t dole out as much of the white stuff.

We invite you to call us any time you want an update on what is happening up here.

Wildflower

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WILDFLOWER condominiums are located at 2 Arrowhead Dr. just off of Sierra Nevada Rd., up the street from Red Lantern and Roberto’s restaurants.Wildflower was built in 1979 and has a pool, spa, tennis court, sauna and common area laundry facilities. There are 76 total units with the following floorplans and max/min prices:

1 Bedrooms: 833 sqft. $388,500 in Feb 2005. $137,000 in June 2012.
1 Bedroom + Loft: 1075 sqft. $420,000 in Oct 2004. $199,000 in Dec 2011.
2 bedroom + Loft: 1257 sqft. $625,000 in Jul 2006. $261,000 in Feb 2013.
(Data pulled from the Mammoth MLS from 2003-2013)

We like Wildflower for its park-like feel, low density and well-maintained grounds. Contact us for more info, like average rental income and recent sale prices.

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Horizons IV

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HORIZONS IV is located at 2113 Meridian Blvd., just a block up from the Vons shopping center. Its floorplans and amenities are similar to Sunshine Village, Seasons IV and Discovery IV.The Horizons IV complex was built in 1972 and has a pool, spa, game room, laundry and sauna. Their website is www.horizons4condos.com. There are 92 condos here and the floorplans are as follows:

Floorplans and Sales Data (from 2003-2013):
1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom: 737 sqft. Min price: $129,900 in Dec 2012. Max price: $355,000 in July 2006.
1 bed + loft / 2 bath: unknown sqft. Min price: $187,000 in March 2010. Max price: $459,000 in May 2006.
2 bedrooms/2 baths: 929 sqft. Min price: $228,500 in July 2010. Max price: $438,000 in March 2006.
2 bed + loft / 2 bath: unknown sqft. Min price: $214,900 in Aug 2011. Max price $470,000 in March 2005.

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